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- Reader in Psychiatry of Learning (Intellectual) Disabilities
- Division of Psychiatry
- Faculty of Brain Sciences
I read Medicine at the University of Athens and have resided in the UK since 1988 where I came following qualification. I trained in Psychiatry at the Royal Free Training Scheme and the North West Thames Higher Training Scheme in Learning Disabilities. I have been a clinical academic since 1997. I have worked as a consultant first at the Herts and Essex Mental Health Trust and since 2001 in the Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.
I have led on several service developments 1) in the area of mental health where with colleagues we developed an integrated inpatient and community service for adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness; 2) in challenging behaviour where we developed and evaluated a complex behaviour service; 3) led on a College Report on working with mental health and intellectual disability services; 4) on Department of Health Committee for medication monitoring in England post Winterbourne scandal
The unit of intellectual disabilities in the Division of Psychiatry is one of the few research active units in this specialism in the UK. Our projects span a wide range of interests including studies on offenders with ID, epidemiological studies of older people with ID (with and without Down syndrome), evaluation of psychological interventions for challenging behaviour and CBT for common mental disorders, measurement of stigma and its impact on well being. I am collaborating with colleagues from Glasgow University on a feasibility RCT of statins in dementia in people with Down syndrome, the department of Public Health (UCL) on a pilot RCT of an intervention for obesity and with colleagues in addictions on a brief intervention for alcohol misuse. I have been awarded HTA funding to carry out a multicentre trial of a positive behaviour support in intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. I have over 150 publications comprising original research, opinion pieces and editorials, book chapters, conference abstracts and an edited book on psychiatric aspects of intellectual disability.
I supervise MSc and PhD students on projects relating to autism, stigma, dementia and population mental health.
I lecture widely nationally and internationally
Associate Director IASSIDD Academy (2014-)
London Region NIHR RfPB funding panel (2014-2017)
NICE Challenging Behaviour Guideline Development Group member (2013-2015)
NICE Fellow (2011-14)
Assistant Editor Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
Editorial Board Member Advances in Mental Health Intellectual Disability (2012-)
External Examiner MSc King's College London (2012-2016)
Finance Officer, Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities, RCPsych (2010-14)
I have long standing commitment to teaching under and postgraduates and other professionals. I have acted as departmental undergraduate tutor for several years (to Dec 2011). I provide a clinical firm in learning disabilities for undergraduates (4th year) with consistently excellent feedback. I am clinical tutor and educational supervisor for core trainees in Psychiatry and a CASC examiner (RCPsych, 2011-16). I have been coapplicant on a UCL funded innovation in teaching award and have carried out other related projects regarding attitudes of medical students towards people with intellectual disabilities.
I am interested in cascading research to polcy makers and the public and patients/service users. I am the recipient of a Beacon project award for PPI engagement (2010; 2014); ESCILTA teaching award (2011); SLMS Teaching Innovation Fund Award (2013).
|01-OCT-2010||Reader||Mental Health Sciences Unit||UCL, United Kingdom|
|01-FEB-1999 – 30-SEP-2010||Senior Lecturer||Mental Health Sciences||UCL, United Kingdom|
|1995||Dip.||Diploma||To be updated|
|MA||Master of Arts||To be updated|
|2004||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy||University of London|
|1992||MRCPsych||Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists||To be updated|
|1987||MBBS||Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery||University of Athens|